- My Rating: B+
Imperial Stout – Nøgne Ø (Nogne O), 9% ABV – 0.5L., (Grimstad, Norway)
Nøgne Ø explained and pronounced:
on the back label:
“Imperial Stout from Nøgne Ø is a very rich, creamy and completely black ale with flavors of coffee, chocolate, leather and dried fruits. Imperial Stout pairs well with dark chocolate and similar desserts”
- Style: Imperial Stout
- Taste: smooth bittersweet chocolate-coffee-malt
- Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor Store
How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 0.5L., September 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Visual: Pours ultra-dark black-brown with a minimal quickly dissipating head, barely any retention, a few slow streams along the edge.
Nose: sweet and heavy chocolate-coffee malts (5/10-pungency)
Attack: syrupy darkness
Mid-palate: light fizzy-tingly mouthfeel, (7/10)-malty sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, fudge malts, mocha coffee, (hint) dark fruit, soy sauce
Finish: light coffee bitter roasted exhale, bittersweet cocoa-malt finish.
Summary: Full-bodied and balanced. More on the coffee-sweet side with minimal sourness and bitterness. Very solid, but just needs a bit more wow in flavour or texture to kick it up to the next level.